Stereophonics were in Belfast for the second time this year, eight months after their last visit, in a bigger venue – The Odyssey, having previously played Waterfront Hall (though that was due to One Direction playing The Odyssey that night)
Support was provided by an American duo called The Wind and the Wave, who had some singalong songs and are worth keeping an eye on when they release an album in 2014.
Stereophonics arrived on stage, with three microphones (left, right and middle of the stage) for Kelly Jones to sing into depending on what mood he was in. Not sure “Three Microphones Jones” is a nickname that will stick.
Like their performance at Waterfront Hall in March, it was a mix of songs from their new album, as well as their big hits.
The crowd were enjoying it. They enjoyed it especially when oversized balloons were released, some of which landed on the stage, with Kelly Jones bursting one when trying to kick it back into the crowd.
Kelly Jones then recalled an early gig in Belfast which resulted in having a “Guinness related accident” in his hotel bed.
Biggest revelation from Jones was that “Indian Summer”, the lead single from “Graffiti On The Train” wasn’t even on the original version of the album, in a story he told when introducing it.
They ended with a five song encore, including a fantastic acoustic version of “Handbags and Gladrags” (Not one of my favourite Stereophonics songs) with they all grouped around a piano, which Kelly Jones got in exchange for a Stereophonics t-shirt.